Every so often, I get sent a sports book from a publishing firm to review.
I usually don’t have the time to just sit down, read the book, and write a review.
But a book came across my desk that caught my attention. Then Zorn Said to Largent: The Best Seattle Seahawks Stories Ever Told by former Seahawks Paul Moyer and Dave Wyman, with writer Chris Cluff.
I have followed the Seahawks from their inception, and as a 16-year-old I listened to Pete Gross call the very first Seahawks regular-season game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the radio, trying to keep stats off the radio.
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So this book intrigued me. I read it, and it was a blast. It was a fast read, and I learned a lot from the book. Some very behind-the-scenes stuff.
Moyer -- a defensive back who swears Chuck Knox gave him an assistant coaching position because the player ruptured a testicle during a game (AND KEPT PLAYING) -- and ex-linebacker Wyman have some great stories.
Dave Krieg was ultra-competitive. He would invite you over to his house, play a game like billiards with you, and do it all night long until he won the most. He’d also get the backgammon game out and hang out with you in the trainers room long after everyone else was gone.
Knox had the personality and respect to quiet a room as he walked into it. He could also make you feel like you didn’t deserve your paycheck after a game by making the players come up the hallway after a game to collect the check.
Defensive coordinator Tom Catlin was so tough that he insisted on staying on the sidelines during the first half to coach, despite a raging case of diarrhea. He instructed the ball boys to stuff towels inside his pants while he drew up plays for his defensive unit.
There are hundreds of other stories here.
If you’re a Seahawks fan, you’ll love this book.